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Storm Exposes the Magnitude of
Bloomberg’s Failure to Govern

Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/3/2012 6:00:34 AM

Questions surrounding any public crisis hew closely to the schedule of the crisis itself. So when Hurricane Sandy was approaching the East Coast last week, everyone wanted to know whether the affected areas were adequately prepared. During the storm itself, people wondered what the damage was going to be. And in the wake of the storm, all attention is paid to reaction and recovery efforts. Since those efforts now appear to have hit some unexpected problems, it’s natural that the earlier questions have receded to the background.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/3/2012 6:17:17 AM     (No. 8984184)

From what I can tell there was no "per-positioning" of anything like you see in hurricane states like Fl.The unionized workforce is so pathetic that the nat guard had to be called in to do basic things.

Very little effort by cops to stop looters which isn't surprising since Eric Holder sent out a memo across the country not to pick on criminals unless you have some sort of racial balance..It's pretty absurd when you have people looting with shopping carts.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/3/2012 6:29:06 AM     (No. 8984190)

Look on the bright side, they don't have to worry about having to eat that evil goose liver stuff and they don't have to worry about having a firearm.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: country boy, 11/3/2012 7:51:35 AM     (No. 8984284)

Want to hear the explanation why gasoline is plentiful in eastern Pennsylvania, but no gas in western NJ.

And plenty of gas stations in western NJ have generators, just can't get a delivery of gas.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lana720, 11/3/2012 7:55:45 AM     (No. 8984290)

Good to know that about New Jersey, #3. Contingency plans must always be in place or the possibility of fraud is introduced.

It's sad that nanny B is more concerned about an extra 16 ounces of soda than the 10-foot waves on top of his citizens.

Now, we see where the Red Cross isn't even in stricken areas while "stars" ask for our money. Do not give the RC one cent. Every day this drags on, the worse it gets.

Don't even ask me about how I feel about the unionized electrical workers. How cold and stupid are they while their neighbors freeze?

My heart goes out to those poor people. Leaders will emerge on this; other office holders will be seen for their inability to govern.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 11/3/2012 7:56:10 AM     (No. 8984291)

For the sheer nausea factor, Schumer and Bloomberg rank right up there in the top three.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/3/2012 8:12:24 AM     (No. 8984309)

If the Libturds in NY cannot cast their treasonous votes due to loss of power, I am not shedding any tears!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Felixcat, 11/3/2012 8:14:37 AM     (No. 8984318)

Having lived through Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, SC in 1989 and growing up in South Florida, I have some experience with storms; both hurricane and winter snow. I am just amazed at the number of people who did not fill up their gas tanks before the storm hit! Have none of these people been awake that past ten years to realize that there are some preparations they can take that will greatly help after the storm is over?

Maybe the infantilization of Americans is worse than I thought.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 11/3/2012 8:16:56 AM     (No. 8984323)

I wonder if the Blooming Idiot has figured out yet that this is going to be his legacy. It will have a sidebar, his signature accomplishment: telling a free people what size soda they can have.

America, the only place in the world where even a complete moron can amass a billion dollar fortune.

And don't forget, this is a guy who toyed with running for president. I wonder who would win in a dumb contest, Blooming Idiot or Al Gore?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/3/2012 8:23:18 AM     (No. 8984343)

Hold on a second there, #7 and anyone else who thinks this is good for us that northeasterners might not be able to vote.

It's true, they may miss Election Day. But there are shark lawyers all over the place, salivating at (1) all the victims they're going to find due to the storm, and (2) anyone who has their vote ***disenfranchised!*** because of it.

I'm no constitutional expert, but I don't know that there are any provisions anywhere for INCOMPLETE elections... and how to deal with that.

I wouldn't jump and cheer on this just yet. You know how Democrats are.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LZK, 11/3/2012 8:30:21 AM     (No. 8984357)

AND -- the unions are out of control and the people suffer....

Where's the leadership? Where's common sense?

Poor New Yorkers!!

My prayers are with you -- not only for the storm damage -- but because you have to "endure" silly leaders...

As General Honore said during Katrina -- "you can't fix stupid".


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Felixcat, 11/3/2012 8:31:05 AM     (No. 8984360)

One last comment: I do animal rescue volunteer work and many of the organizations that I am affiliated with have already sent rescue teams into the various areas with food and medical care for people's animals and to help the shelters assume more animals because of damages to homes. This is all done without any government support at any level. All done with private donations and citizen volunteers.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GardenGal, 11/3/2012 8:41:08 AM     (No. 8984389)

In disaster planning, they tell people to have water and food for three days. It has been past three days. It is turning into a giant humanitarian disaster in NY because of lack of leadership and coordination.

Then we hear the whiners- we can't take out loans- low interest or not. Well then you can't rebuild if you didn't have flood insurance. But what seems to me that has happened is these people didn't understand any science-this was a triple threat= very large though relatively weaker hurricane (Irene came ashore as a tropical storm and was much smaller), plus high tide plus a full moon tide at that plus a full moon tide in OCtober (the record high tides for the year are always in March or OCtober=and places like Venice always have some flooding at high tide on either full or new moon in March and OCtober). It is hard to understand why people who lived near the ocean were so unaware.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ronaldus Magnus, 11/3/2012 8:49:26 AM     (No. 8984402)

FTA "Since those efforts now appear to have hit some unexpected problems..." unexpected?? To who? To Big Government perhaps, since they are so busy cranking out more rules and regulations they cannot bother to glance at the Weather Channel.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Scarface67, 11/3/2012 8:49:37 AM     (No. 8984403)

Regarding the Red Cross: While recovering from wounds in Vietnam I was visited by a Red Cross worker who offered me a few basic hygienic items like toothpaste, a toothbrush, and soap... for a price. That's right, she wanted me to buy them. I will never give even a penny to the Red Cross.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: uno, 11/3/2012 9:01:05 AM     (No. 8984430)

Well here goes my take on a big part of the problem - a lot of it is all about the skyrocketing numbers of dumbed-down, barely aware, dope-smoking, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, busted-ass, Kool-Aid drinking, uninformed government-dependent zombies collecting countless entitlements with hordes of couch-potato kids going to school for free breakfast, lunch, dinner and baby-sitting who still can't read, write or count...
deep breath...
and white guilt-ridden, Volvo-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, bottled-water-drinking, Politically Correct, Xanax-disabled, Valium-dependent Liberal lemmings, who who never really learned how to be self-sufficient in hard times in the first place and think it's someone elses job to do that!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: callofduty, 11/3/2012 9:09:04 AM     (No. 8984443)

Exactly what #17 said

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Reply 17 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/3/2012 9:12:00 AM     (No. 8984450)

I live near the coast in TX where high ground is a mere 20 feet above mean high tide. We leave when hurricanes approach. Our county is large enough that some of the county will be high enough to have power and we can cast our vote early with the identification we carry.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: maryc, 11/3/2012 9:18:20 AM     (No. 8984460)

While government nanny is saying no big gulp and sorry to dissapoint the runners. A corporation has figured out what FEMA and obama and all the government officials can't. Hess brought in 160 generators to pump the gas. obama wants to fire up more refinig but can't figure out that if they can't pump it there may as well be no gas. Business gets it. Government is clueless.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: save America, 11/3/2012 9:22:07 AM     (No. 8984467)

Democrats always show their lack of leadership skills when a problem arises.If the folks of the n east vote in the clowns again,then they deserve everything that is coming.Wake up,these so called leaders are worthless.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 11/3/2012 9:22:24 AM     (No. 8984469)

Not just the storm and not just Bloomberg. The last two months have been the most illuminating period in memory. I feel sorry for those glued to football games who missed it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Arby, 11/3/2012 9:38:39 AM     (No. 8984512)

A rich little Napoleon who wants to control everyone's life but isn't worth a tinker's damn when the going gets tough.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: balogreene, 11/3/2012 9:44:25 AM     (No. 8984529)

I sure am glad to find out my fellow ldotters think so highly of us NYers. For all the advice from others, most NYers don't have cars, and while public transportation is excellent, where would you go? Get off a train in NJ and knock on some strangers door? There aren't a lot of hotels near NJTransit. Amtrak was shut down, that wasn't an option.
Look at the pictures of the people in Jersey gas lines, a lot are trying to get fuel for their generators, not their cars.
Please don't judge until you have lived that life.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/3/2012 10:39:25 AM     (No. 8984603)

#24, I can only imagine the helpless feeling of being trapped without power, heat, food, gas (and no transportation to get it). The ones on or near the coast should have left. Those inside the cities had good reason to think they were not so vulnerable. Even those with cars had the vehicles flooded in parking garages or washed down flowing streets.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/3/2012 10:46:32 AM     (No. 8984620)

Bloomberg has been on TV in NY patting himself and FEMA on the back for having a "good plan" to combat the after effects of the hurricane Sandy.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 11/3/2012 10:50:10 AM     (No. 8984633)

Maybe, JUST MAYBE, the silver lining in all of this will be the end of the Cuomo-Bloomberg-Schumer Cabal that has ruined New York City and New York State...maybe some, a majority, will finally see the light...oh, and better batten down the hatches for the Nor'Easter coming atcha on Wednesday! 2-4 foot Storm Surge and SNOW, this time...

Just sayin...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 11/3/2012 10:55:59 AM     (No. 8984648)

I hear ya #24, but remember, these same "experts" on all things survival, are the same ones that call Californians libtards and idiots when ever earthquakes strike.

In times of disaster, politics are shed to the wayside in order to help ALL Americans. Accountability will come after...

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/3/2012 10:58:11 AM     (No. 8984654)

If anybody is going to sit around on their thumbs expecting the government to bail them out, they will always be sorely disappointed. I think city people are just conditioned to not be self-reliant.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/3/2012 11:03:31 AM     (No. 8984666)

It's likely Bloomberg thought that the Federal Government was going to rush in the day after and clean everything up in two or three days. For all his reported global warming catastrophe fantasies, he obviously refused to learn anything about what a hurricane does or how long it takes to get everything back to a semblance of normalcy. Even places that are frequently hit by hurricanes, like Florida (Andrew, Charlie, Frances), and Louisiana and Mississippi (Camille and Katrina) cannot sweep away the results of a major storm in a few days or even a few weeks.

These sorts of catastrophes, Bloomberg apparently believes, are the type of thing that happens to peasants in flyover country, but never to the inhabitants of a major Northeastern metropolitan center. Bloomberg is, alas, the archetypical New York provincial, and a know-it-all to whom no one can tell anything and have it penetrate his complacency. What is amazing is that when met with howls of outrage, he actually cancelled the NYC Marathon.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/3/2012 11:47:14 AM     (No. 8984789)

I'm still shoveling Sandy off my back deck.

City people don't often think about all the ways bad weather can screw you up- like how credit and debit cards are useless when the power is out so you need to get cash and barter good like beer before the storm hits. Bloomberg reminds me of the city people who move into our area to live out their fantasy of country life. They think we are idiots and lecture us on how do to live better lives and then become helpless the first time the power goes off for a couple of days after a big storm. Meantime us dumb hicks are all snug as well fed bugs in a rug because we keep extra food, kerosene heaters and camp stoves for such eventualities and always top off gas tanks at the first hint of bad weather.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/3/2012 11:47:14 AM     (No. 8984788)

Mayor Bloomberg is Exhibit A for the fact that in every liberal there beats the heart of a petty fascist dictator who wants to control the minutiae of our lives but who is totally incompetent in dealing with major problems.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/3/2012 12:06:13 PM     (No. 8984842)

Part of the problem re: being prepared is the lack of historical perspective. For example, a survey of hurricane history would have alarmed planners and the population that in 1938 a similar hurricane hit a bit further north, namely RI.

Water marks can still be seen on buildings in Providence which survived the storm: FOURTEEN feet high. Many people died. In fact, if my Mom, who was a young girl, had stayed visiting friends on Watch Hill, RI, she might well have been swept out to sea.

There is a long history of the fury of storms on the east coast.

Authorities had issued mandatory evacuation orders. Lots of people just don't take those warnings seriously. This is partly due to previous storms just not measuring up to the prognostications!

I know this. I lived most of my life on Cape Cod and live on coastal NH. Nature is not exactly amenable to our forecasts. We just have to do our best to prepare for the worst. Then we have to work together and help one another.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/3/2012 12:09:05 PM     (No. 8984850)

oh, and #16, your story angers me. Thank you so very much for your service.

Long ago stopped contributing to Red Cross. I give primarily to the Salvation Army, which uses something like 95cents per dollar for charitable works. Salaries are miniscule.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: strike3, 11/3/2012 12:16:00 PM     (No. 8984876)

That was a very sad but accurate description of most of America, #17. They have the nerve to turn up their collective noses at those of us who live on high ground in flyover country, hunt animals and process our own vegetables. When the power goes out, we drop some wood in the fireplace. When we can't buy gas we take out the bicycles. When the water goes out we walk to the well or stream. I really don't care if the wife can't shop at Macy's every weekend.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: oriton, 11/3/2012 12:41:20 PM     (No. 8984957)

Amen and amen, posters 17 and 31. Amen!! Poster, 24, I feel you. We are not referring to all "Yankies" affected by this storm. It's like when general comments are made about blacks. Ninety-nine point nine percent of those comments are making a point. And, there's a bit of frustration present in them as well. I don't take the comments personal and advise you not to as well in this case. We pray for you that things will improve where you live, particularly people's perspective. Take care and God bless.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/3/2012 1:31:07 PM     (No. 8985089)

Here along the Mississippi coast(Boloxi & Gulfport) it used to be common, that when a hurricane warning was posted, that large groups of people would have "hurricane parties". This is until Camille hit here in 1969. That storm killed and number of people, some of them that were attending one of those parties. Now, people here take the warnings serious. When Katrina hit here 7 yrs ago, when told to evacuate, most did so. And the area was on the northeast quadrant of the storm, which is the worst place to be. Remember, the Katrina DID NOT HIT NEW ORLEANS. The eye of Katrina came on shore around Bay St. Louis, miles east of N.O. The damage to N.O. was caused by high water that cause the levees around N.O. to fail. And Miss. had a very good plan to handle what ever came. And did a very good job.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 11/3/2012 2:11:34 PM     (No. 8985199)

I love L.com... and I love Ldotters too. This Thread is a wonderful example of why L.com is so valuable to Americans. It's a cross-section of the opinions of intelligent/thoughtful people (and many survivors) from across the American spectrum.

And, this is a GREAT article that should be read. My favorite section: "And the lack of preparation will be especially inexcusable for Bloomberg, who has stomped around claiming that the storm was a result of the very climate change he has been warning about for years. If he was so sure about coming climate change storms, why wasn’t he ready for this one?"

Talk about the 'money' question that should be asked of every wanna-be politician!

My "survivor's" advice to everyone:
"Prepare for the worst.
Enjoy today."

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Reply 37 - Posted by: navyjag907, 11/3/2012 2:46:23 PM     (No. 8985236)

I have freeze-dried and other food sufficient for two years for one person, multiple water filters, fire starters, wood, charcoal, first aid supplies, surgical instruments, multiple weapons, ammunition, generator, gasoline, tools, emergency dog food, you get the picture. I'll never be finished preparing.//My family has called me insane although my place is where they'll come when the disaster occurs.//I'm prepared to shoot looters and share with the unfortunate.//I started with the great power outage in 2003 and it hasn't been that hard. A few dollars a month and it adds up.//Not much sympathy for people unwilling to buy a week's worth of food and fill up the car.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Photoonist, 11/3/2012 3:02:40 PM     (No. 8985269)

The magnitude of the looting is a clear reflection on Bloomberg being incompetent. Remember how Giuliani said if you take care of the little crimes then it's easier to take care of the big ones? Bloomberg has been too wrapped up in salt, fat and sodas and has thus let the important things go to hell.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 11/3/2012 3:53:25 PM     (No. 8985396)

Anyone that thought the disruption from Sandy would be over in a week would be much mistaken.

Besides restoring electricity, there is the cleanup. There are bound to be condemned properties as well as abandoned properties where the repairs are too expensive for the owners. Recovery will take years.

Bloomberg and company do not seem to be aware of this. Is that deliberate?

What about closed businesses? Closed businesses mean less revenue for the cities. Some of those businesses will never reopen.

On a slightly different subject, election day in those areas will be interesting. What if they had been evacuated? What if access is restricted due to all the storm damage? I can imagine congressional districts where most of the people are not there. I give good odds the election is not over on Novemember 6.

Perhaps Bloomberg and company would rather scream on 11/7 rather than preparing for 11/6. Watch for it.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: TheOwl, 11/3/2012 4:28:07 PM     (No. 8985473)

I've been wishing - not that he should get harmed in any way of course - that Bloomberg would get out of his expensive car, leave all of his guards or whoever escorts him everywhere - and walk out on the street of Staten Island. Just to get his mind straight about his crazy marathon notions!

As to not painting all northeasterners with the same brush - there are a heck of a lot of us in New England with good old common sense and preparedness smarts and hey! I'm still hoping NH, my home state, goes Romney on Tuesday! And Ovide.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: raspberry, 11/3/2012 6:05:40 PM     (No. 8985677)

I am with you #39 and people who know about us think we are nuts. I will bet we sleep better, though. It will be needed, I'm convinced. This was just a preview.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/3/2012 6:15:55 PM     (No. 8985703)

Perhaps Bloomie and FEMA are dragging their feet on purpose in a last attempt at saving their messiah by messing up Election Day so they can scream, "voter disenfranchisement - Romney election null and void!".

I'll go remove my foil hat now.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: spengler, 11/3/2012 6:29:08 PM     (No. 8985730)

Screw the Red Crescent. Give to the SArmy.
probably 95 cents of every dollar given to the RC goes to overhead.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 11/3/2012 6:53:25 PM     (No. 8985771)

The levees in NO didn't "hold," #37, because when $$ was appropriated for them, the Parish councils erected another statute to a fav dem instead...

Conservatives living in NO before Katrina knew it was inevitable...

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/3/2012 8:34:35 PM     (No. 8985908)

To his credit Bloomberg did tell Obama to take his shinebox and stay away from NYC, where they were just too busy and confident to kiss Obama's backside.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: MikeLM, 11/3/2012 9:54:19 PM     (No. 8986025)

With regard to the Red Cross; my wife's stepfather, a CPO in the Seabees, came home from WW II absolutely DESPISING the RC. He saw extensive action in the South Pacific and in the Aleutians.

I have forgotten his specifics, but all our contributions since have been to the Salvation Army.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/4/2012 12:35:22 AM     (No. 8986194)

Bloomberg is just doing what comes naturally --to dems-- leading from behind.
Complainers sure are not showing the kind of courage that the Japanese did are they? they were cleaning up even before aid stating to arrive.
Where is all the support that boils over with kindness towards foreign countries when they have a disaster?
Where are the plane loads of water blankets and food?
All I have heard of so far has been the trucks loaded and sent by Romney supporters.

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New school lunch standards implemented as a result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign have led to more than 1 million children leaving the lunch line, according to a new report. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a wide-ranging audit of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act nutrition standards last week, finding 48 out of 50 states faced challenges complying with Mrs. Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the

Shocker: Federal government’s fiscal
deterioration almost 5 times official deficit
Hot Air, by Dustin Siggins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/6/2014 5:55:49 AM     Post Reply
In Fiscal Year 2013, the official federal deficit was $680 billion. Liberals have cheered this drop while subsequently ignoring how this deficit is both larger than all of Bush’s pre-recession deficits and is expected to grow dramatically over the next several decades. However, the Treasury Department’s annual report on the finances of the U.S. federal government shows that not only is $680 billion an incomplete measure of the federal government’s finances, it’s off by nearly a factor of five. From Just Facts Daily: The U.S. Treasury has just released its annual “Financial Report of the United States Government,” which provides an account of

Why the Tea Party’s Waning, Not Winning
National Review Online, by Michael Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/6/2014 5:53:20 AM     Post Reply
As the Tea Party celebrates its five-year anniversary, many commentators are asking whether the grassroots anti–Big Government movement is still relevant. In some ways, this seems a silly question. The Tea Party has been enormously successful in changing the terms of the national debate on issues such as debt and spending. And, while its favored candidates have suffered some high-profile defeats, it has also won important victories. The Republican midterm sweep of 2010 would not have been possible without its energy and enthusiasm. Yet it’s also true that the Tea Party’s clout is waning. According to the most recent Gallup poll, just

Jim DeMint: ‘I’ve Never Been a
Part of the Tea Party in My Life’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/5/2014 11:20:02 AM     Post Reply
Former U.S. Senator and President of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint, joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Tuesday where he was pressed for his thoughts on why insurgent tea party challengers are not faring well this year in primary challenges against incumbent Republicans. DeMint insisted that he could not opine on individual races because Heritage is not a political organization and added that he has never been “a part of the tea party.” He admitted, however, that he has “been to a lot of meetings.” Kissel pressed DeMint to explain why tea party candidate Matt Bevin is losing ground

Darrell Issa angrily adjourns Oversight
hearing after Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/5/2014 11:16:36 AM     Post Reply
California Rep. Darrell Issa adjourned a divisive House Oversight hearing Wednesday after IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer his questions. “Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee,” Issa said before announcing that he had no expectation that Lerner would answer his questions and adjourning the hearing. Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The hearing lasted approximately fifteen minutes before Issa released Lerner. Issa began the hearing by explaining that Lerner previously waived her Fifth Amendment rights in a May 2013 hearing and that “the

No Tea Party upsets for Congress in Texas
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Jamie Dupree    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 3/5/2014 11:14:12 AM     Post Reply
In the first test of the 2014 mid-term elections, voters in Texas stuck with their incumbent members of Congress, turning back almost every challenger in both parties, as Republicans shrugged off calls from within for major election upheaval in the U.S. House and Senate. The results in the Lone Star State were a setback for Tea Party groups that had hopes of recapturing their GOP primary energy of 2012 in Texas, when they unexpectedly launched Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a U.S. Senate victory, as the GOP Establishment showed its strength with an easy Republican primary win by Sen. John Cornyn

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More than 1 MILLION students stopped
buying school lunches after Michelle
Obama´s overhaul, finds official report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Marttosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/5/2014 7:36:35 PM     Post Reply
More than one million U.S. schoolchildren stopped buying school lunches during the 2012-2013 academic year, after new nutrition standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama took effect. The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency inside the federal government, told members of Congress in a little-noticed January 28 report that participation in the school lunch program declined by 1,086,000 in that one year, the biggest drop on record. [Snip] The first lady rolled out the law´s final regulations in January 2012 with a presentation linked to her ´Let´s Move!´ children´s health initiative. Changes took effect that fall. In the ensuing nine

CBC asks that Issa be stripped of gavel
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The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Bernie Becker*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/6/2014 2:31:20 PM     Post Reply
The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is calling for House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his gavel for his behavior at a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday that Issa’s conduct in the hearing — which included cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat — amounted to “an affront to the expectations of the American people.” Fudge also said Issa should apologize on the House floor. “The American people have the right to expect that their elected leaders be held to the

‘12 Years’ can help bring healing
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Indianapolis Star, by Leonard Pitts    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 1:23:09 PM     Post Reply
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see “12 Years a Slave” now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I’ll even spring for the popcorn. You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly African-American, who have decided that they won’t -- or can’t -- see this movie. Some say they don’t want to be made angry. Others say they don’t want to be traumatized. I don’t blame them for respecting the power of this film. “12 Years,” based on the 1853 memoir of a free man kidnapped

Lois Lerner stays silent to
protect someone outside the IRS

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Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 10:08:35 PM     Post Reply
So, Lois Lerner still won´t talk about her role in the illegal targeting and harassment by the IRS of conservative and Tea Party groups seeking 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. Lerner appeared for a second time Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and claimed her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. It isn´t hard to figure out why Lerner´s lips are sealed. First, she knows the House of Representatives can cite her for contempt of Congress, but Attorney General Eric Holder would decide whether she is prosecuted on that charge. Lerner need not worry since President Obama has

Issa to Megyn Kelly: Cummings
Threw a ‘Hissy Fit,’ Racist
Accusation Beneath Response

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 10:33:55 PM     Post Reply
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa joined Megyn Kelly Thursday night to react to the uproar over him cutting off Elijah Cummings‘ mic during a contentious IRS hearing, saying that accusations he was “racist” are just “beneath response.” Issa suggested Cummings’ outburst was a “pre-staged event,” but Kelly asked, “Who cares? Let him have his couple of minutes to rip on you! You’re a big guy, you can take it!” He acknowledged that in hindsight, he might have let Cummings rant, but it’s completely unjustified for any member of Congress to try and get his chairmanship revoked over the incident

What is Lois hiding?
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/6/2014 5:59:20 AM     Post Reply
Where Lois Lerner goes, drama follows. On Wednesday, the former IRS officer again invoked the Fifth before the House Oversight Committee. That precipitated a heated exchange between the committee’s Republican chairman, Darrell Issa, and Democratic ranking member Elijah Cummings, who called the hearings “un-American.” And that spat has become the story. No doubt that is exactly what Cummings had in mind. Because it distracts attention from the substance of the hearings — and from the questions raised by e-mails and public remarks Lois Lerner wrote, received or made when she was IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations. The Weekly Standard reminds us

New Democratic Strategy Goes
After Koch Brothers

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New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/6/2014 5:17:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics, are bespectacled and in their 70s. They look genial enough. But Democrats are embarking on a broad effort that aims to unmask the press-shy siblings and portray them, instead, as a pair of villains bent on wrecking progressive politics. On Thursday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is starting a digital campaign that will use Internet ads and videos, as well as social media, to tie Republican Senate candidates to the policies and actions of the Koch brothers. Its slogan:

Black caucus wants Issa stripped
of committee chairmanship

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Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 12:53:04 PM     Post Reply
In a strongly worded letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the Congressional Black Caucus called for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his House committee chairmanship after he abruptly ended a hearing Wednesday morning over the objection of Democrats in the room. "Mr. Issa is a disgrace and should not be allowed to continue in a leadership role," wrote Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, in the letter to Boehner. The Wednesday hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy quickly turned tense. When former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment

Is Michelle Obama going blonde? First
Lady of hair makeovers debuts new honey-
hued highlights at an event in Miami

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Daily Mail [UK], by Margot Peppers    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/6/2014 11:29:25 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama is no stranger to changing up her hairstyle, and it appears she has done it yet again with the addition of honey blonde highlights. The First Lady debuted the new look on Wednesday at the Jessie Trice Community Health Care Center in Miami, where she talked to Affordable Care Act enrollees about how to get insurance. Looking fashionable in a black and purple striped wrap dress, Mrs Obama showed off her lighter locks, which were styled in chic flowing waves. The First Lady was also pictured yesterday sporting the new ´do at Yu Yung Public Charter School in

Standing Ovation for Chris
Christie from CPAC Crowd

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National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/6/2014 2:49:22 PM     Post Reply
The crowd gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference rose to its feet as Chris Christie exited stage left. The New Jersey governor, who has been dogged by a scandal stemming from revelations that members of his administration conspired to shut down traffic lanes leading on to the George Washington Bridge, came to CPAC on Thursday in need of a reception like that, and the party faithful delivered. Christie’s remarks were highly anticipated, not only because of the lingering scandal but also because CPAC brass dinged him last year by leaving him off of the guest list. Today, the governor was greeted

Obama: Defeat of Adegbile
nomination is a ‘travesty’

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Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/5/2014 2:08:22 PM     Post Reply
President Obama strongly denounced the Senate on Wednesday for failing to confirm a top nominee to the Justice Department. In a statement released by the White House, Obama said Debo Adegbile´s defeat is a "travesty" and is based on unfair attacks. "The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant," Obama said. "Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable." Obama said the main attack used against Adegbile -- Republicans denounced his work on behalf of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

Iranian student burns himself to death
with Molotov cocktails he had stockpiled
inside his room at Georgia Tech University

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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/7/2014 5:36:35 AM     Post Reply
A Georgia Tech graduate student who set himself on fire while apparently experimenting with bomb-making elements in his apartment last month has died, officials confirmed Thursday. Saamer Akhshabi, an Iranian national, had burns on more than 90 percent of his body following the February 4 explosion in his apartment near the university, where Akhshabi was studying in the College of Computing. [Snip] ´The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation.´ Law enforcement officials determined that Akhshabi wasn´t a threat to the Georgia Tech community, but it remains

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